October 1, 2022


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Ali F. Elmezayen gets 212 years for drowning sons, insurance payout

LOS ANGELES — A man accused of drowning two of his sons with autism and trying to kill his ex-wife by driving them off a Los Angeles wharf to collect an insurance payout was sentenced Thursday to 212 years in federal prison for fraud.

Ali F. Elmezayen, 45, received the maximum sentence from a judge who denounced an “evil and diabolical scheme.” 

“He is the ultimate phony and a skillful liar … and is nothing more than a greedy and brutal killer,” U.S. District Judge John R. Walter said. “The only regret that the defendant has is that he got caught.”

The judge also ordered Elmezayen to pay $261,751 in restitution to the insurance companies. A federal jury convicted him of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering in 2019.